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About 250 Boy Scouts will be locked up Niagara County's new $24.6 million jail addition Friday night for a two reasons.

The Scouts, members of the Niagara Council of the Boy Scouts of America, will use the experience to earn their Crime Prevention Merit Badges and help Sheriff Thomas A. Beilein work out the new jail's bugs before it is turned over to the criminals, Sgt. Ross Annable said.

Annable said the Scouts will check in about 7 p.m., be booked like regular prisoners, eat jail food, participate in some programs and finally be placed in lockup overnight from 11 p.m. to about 8 a.m.
Saturday, Annable said.

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